A large part of what I do is preserve a moment in time. I used to work in a newspaper in rural Saskatchewan where one of our frequent visitors was an older gentleman from a nearby small town. He would always bring in fantastic old photos from the early 1900's of typical farming practices of the time. He was an avid photographer like his father before him, and had access to an incredible camera for the time period. The images he would bring in looked as though he hopped in a time machine, snapped a few frames and returned to 2004! One scene that stuck out in particular was a field of sheaved wheat that had a steam locomotive train bisecting the landscape - great puffs of steam billowing behind.
I told him it was amazing; he said his family thought everyone was recording their history the same way. The sad part was he was wrong. His were the only evidence in the area of how farms operated from 1904-1955. He recorded such radical change over the years as innovations made work easier.
Now, these were mere photographs. Had some natural disaster occurred at any time over the decades, they could have been lost. They were already damaged from age, but not beyond repair.
My point is this: always have a back up. Physical photos are amazing things, but they do age. One way to preserve them is to digitize a copy - a service RyKie Photography offers. Once you have a digital copy of your image, make sure to have another set of copies stored in another physical area. You might store these digital images on an external hard drive, but have a second external hard drive with the same images stored in another home, safe deposit box, or with a friend. I use the two hard drive method myself in regular workflow, and have contemplated using a third external just out of sheer paranoia!
What I'm getting at is preserving photos is something to do NOW, before something happens to them. Even if they have discoloration, rips, etc., we can transform them back to their original glory.We can even assemble a photobook for you with these treasured images; it's called our Memory Saver Service. Contact us today to save your memories!